EasyPeasy is an educational app designed to help families learn through play at home. Intended for children aged 2-5, the app sends game ideas, tips, and advice to parents through short video clips to help children build the skills they need to succeed at school and life.
In 2016, the University of Oxford and Sutton Trust conducted a study of EasyPeasy and its effects on both parents and children. Results showed that use of EasyPeasy improved children's cognitive self-regulation and parent's comfort with discipline and boundaries.
Building on these positive results, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is sponsoring a trial (alongside the University of Durham) to further support the research into the effects of early years intervention. The new trial will look at the impact that EasyPeasy has on language and communication skills. Local authorities, nurseries and multi-academy trusts are now being sought as partners to recruit up to 8,000 families for the study.
Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said, “EasyPeasy is an inexpensive app that encourages positive play and interaction with children at home. After early promising results, our trial will find out if this could be an effective way of improving parental engagement.”
Founder of EasyPeasy, Jen Lexmond, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for EasyPeasy to build on the strong results that we have already seen from our trial with the University of Oxford and reach thousands more families. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life and we would love to hear from nurseries, schools and local authorities who are interested in partnering with us.”
Jen Lexmond joined Edspace as a founder embarking on the Emerge Education Accelerator in Feb 2016. Since then, EasyPeasy has grown to a team of six working from Edspace, and also has a developer HQ in Madrid.